George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 27 August 1778

From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Lebanon [Conn.] August 27th 1778


The Act of the General Assembly of this State for raising the two Battalions commanded by Colonels Enos, and McClellen provides, That the Battalions, or any Detachment therefrom, shall not be continued in actual service more than three months at any one time, to be compleated from the time they shall arrive at the place of their Destination1—The exigency of the case requiring, they were ordered to march by Companies, as they could be raised and equipped—of course arrived at the place of Destination at different periods of time—(viz.) between the 1st and 20th of June last. Have therefore to request Your Excellency, if the public service permit, to dismiss said Battalions, to return home together, the 5th of Septemr next, as thereby the men, who are generally farmers, will be enabled to sow their fields, and provide substance for themselves and families, another year, which, otherwise, must be untilled and neglected—many of the Militia being called into Service in the State of Rhode-Island—great part of labourers, absent, and very few to be hired.2

Those two Battalions to continue untill 1st March next, to have a recess as mentioned—to grant it at the time mentioned, and to all at once, may be beneficial—They may be called soon, if needful—their present station is at West Point. I am, with great Esteem & Regard Sir your Obedient humble Servant

Jonth. Trumbull

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers. The cover of the ALS is marked “Favoured per Capt. [Seth] Harding.”

1Trumbull was referring to “An Act for raising two Brigades for the Defence of this State,” February 1778 ( Conn. Public Records description begins The Public Records of the State of Connecticut . . . with the Journal of the Council of Safety . . . and an Appendix. 18 vols. to date. Hartford, 1894—. description ends , 1:533–35).

2The Connecticut council of safety, in their meeting of 26 Aug., had directed Trumbull to make this request (see ibid., 2:115–16).

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